Originally Posted by techster82
The PA6500 now has me intrigued, especially for the price in a 60". How would you compare it to your ST50 from a picture quality standpoint?
Have not seen the LGs outside of a showroom, so it is difficult to know precisely how they would compare in a home viewing environment. But we've seen them in several local stores, and (FWIW) they have looked Very Competitive against the surrounding sets, whether LCD or Plasma. (Note that the newest Pan plasma we've seen in close proximity was a UT50.)
Black levels will be better on the ST50 - and probably MUCH better - but the LGs seem Very Bright, and with nice colors (seem competitive with ST50; or, in other words, better than ST30...). In the showroom, letterbox bars on one 6500 looked lighter (less "black") than an adjacent Pan (think it was a 55" ST30), but a second LG (at another store) appeared to handily beat the 65" ST30 it was sitting next to: deeper black in letterbox bars, brighter overall picture, and nicer colors.
But then who knows how each of these panels was Adjusted???
The LG also offers a much broader range of User Adjustable Picture Controls, including a built-in "Picture Wizard" that would probably produce an Improvement compared to the settings used by 90% of the viewing public.
HDTV Forum Readers excluded, of course...
Also think the LG has a nice physical design.
As mentioned, the LG seems more reflective - on par with the UT50 - and, IN THE PAST, LGs have had a poor rep for Image Retention / Burn In. But given all of the complaints about IR on the 2011 Pan Plasmas, am not certain that that gap hasn't closed a bit (assuming it was "real" in the first place).
The LG 6500/6550 (CostCo's model) is an "entry level" 1080p panel: No 3D, no fancy apps: just straight up HDTV!
But, frankly, given the price it is currently being sold at, I would chose the LG over either the 2011 Pan S30 OR the ST30: Green Blobs and/or Pink Tint ruined the viewing experience for us with those panels, and we would have gladly given up some ultimate black levels for Pure(r) Colors!
Long Story Short: The ST50 is a heck of a set, always assuming that "glitches" don't show up in the near future. From a pure PQ perspective, it should beat the other panels mentioned - but it also, for now, costs quite a bit more.
At something like 2/3rds of the cost, a LG 6500 begins to look Very Attractive - and esp the 6550 (CostCo), which will add a 2nd Year to the warranty. (Although think LG now includes a 2 year warranty on the panel / 1 year on labor / ? Other Components)